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Friday
Jan302015

Vroom Room

Good Morning

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

In case you missed it...how could you? We have reached the end of January, yes it went by in a blink.

Yes...Corvette won the GTLM Class at the Rolex 24.

Next week it will be revealing to see the January sales results for Canada. Especially with a lower prime rate, lower gas prices, and a dramatically lower CDN dollar. Enough change to force most manufacturers to revisit their strategies and tactics.

Our Canandian Sales 2014 that we published had last week had its own "viral moment" for several days.

Our usual old race cars from Spa Six Hours.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb052014

Corvette Racing

Get up close and personal with the C7 R during a night practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona...

 

Friday
Jan242014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable we have cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation...leave a comment.

Agreed its been brisk for the past few days...its winter, its Canada, and it seems that the media is on a mission to arrive an elusive minus 100 Centigrade with the wind chill. 

Did you see Don Prudhomme at Barrett Jackson sell one of his funny cars with the hauler, as well as Tom McEwen's car. They were going to make some money, while disposing of a strong emotional attachement to the cars and haulers. Reality TV at its best.

You have to wonder when more recent cars will become popular, its a constant rerun of the same models, same years, same specs. There is an element of churning that is less interesting in 2014 than a few years ago.

When will a 1979 Camaro, replace the iconic 1969 Camaro? When will a 1994-96 Impala SS become interesting? We could keep on going, but hopefully you grasp our perspective.

An informative and visual recap of the Arizona Auction Week.

The aftermath of NAIAS, fascinating to read the reflective thoughts of various pundits once the glitter subdues. Some vehicle were remarkable, other ordinary, and some forgettable. Its not just the vehicles, the press conferences, its the direction that some manufacturers are taking, or signaling that is more telling.

MerBimAu at Detroit covered all the angles, niches, market nooks and crannies. 

The Koreans as expected are on a vector to crack the luxury market in a patient fashion.

Ford with the aluminum F150 has signaled that North America is not interested in a mid size truck. What does Ford know that GM does not know with the Canyon?

Did you see how the roof works on the Porsche Targa?

Toyota is breaking out of its conservative image...or trying to break out.

Yes...the Z06 is a winner, great halo car.

Infiniti seems to create more questions than answers, reminds you of the days of the Q45.

Yes...tomorrow is the start of the Rolex 24...anxious to see the Corvette, as well as Mantella Autosport from Toronto with the Aston Martin.

Its also the World Economic Forum in Davos for the next few days.

Our thoughts and prayers to all the folks at L'Ile Verte.

Our usual old race cars, an awesome Behind the Fence photo gallery. 

 

 

 

Friday
Feb012013

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

A brisk minus 26 C First Friday of the month, its the Vroom Room, come in we have cappuccino and biscotti join the conversation. 

January is a done deal, in a few days we will see how the sales developed, although we heard comments of good, to acceptable, to slow...lets see in a few days. 

Our first review of the year the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Ever wonder how the Top 1% of Canadians which comprises 10% of tax payers is doing? Fascinating information from Statistic Canada take a moment to review.

Yes...we did get a cold snap in January. Yes its the CUE display from a Cadillac. It was interesting to experience cars under cold weather conditions. Perhaps we had forgotten how vehicles behave at minus 26C. Almost being surprised at how easy they start at these colder temperatures, compared to a few decades ago when starting a car at close to minus 30C could easily become a project. One thing that does not go away is the creaky plastic, and overall stiffness...some things never change.

Agreed...wearing an extra layer of clothes, actually using the down filled coat is useful under these crisp conditions.

We did a quick road trip with the Cadillac XTS, on some of the photos you can almost sense the cold in the air. In case you are wondering CUE does not work when wearing gloves under cold climatic conditions. Fascinating how the cold does not impact all the electronics in modern cars. Back in the day chokes would get stuck closed, not enough spark to start, and a myriad of other issues.

The results from RM Auctions Arizona Sale, as you know everyone descends to Phoenix in January to either buy or sell classic cars. Its always fascinating to see the actions, the judicious purchases and sales, as well as some memorable "brain fades".

A comprehensive photo gallery of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

 

Friday
Feb032012

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Colonel Slade in Scent of a Woman said "If in doubt f..."Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, yes we have cappuccino and biscotti.

For the past few days we have been delving in some auto industry nostalgia. It struck us how things change, and at times how things for some reason are quite similar.

If you missed the nostalgia entries, just scroll down.

In case you overlooked the Otis Maybach...here, its cool...enjoy!

Canadian sales were up 15% in January! A few weeks ago we were speculating Nich manufacturers held back on sales for 2011. Now we know, a classic case of I told you so...which also reinforces why we look at sales on a quarterly basis.

Last week end was the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona, if it some point you have an opportunity to attend, its a memorable experience. Michael Shank Racing won in the DP class, and obvious a Porsche won the GT class. 

To continue our nostalgia theme of the past few days, some vintage photos Daytona 24 hour races...here.